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The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ of Bordeaux in images

Tuesday, 06 February 2024
CSI5*-W Jumping International de Bordeaux 2024

Switzerland's Steve Guerdat – 2023 European Champion and 2012 Olympic Champion – won the penultimate leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Bordeaux this past Sunday, with the 11-year-old Is-Minka. France's 22-year-old Jeanne Sadran and the wonderful Dexter de Kerglenn finished second, followed by Great Britain's 25-year-old Harry Charles and his up-and-coming superstar Sherlock in third.

Culminating in a jump-off between six horse-and-rider-combinations, the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ of Bordeaux saw the next generation of showjumping take on some of the world's most experienced riders, with Jeanne Sadran, Harry Charles and Isabella Russekoff battling it out against Steve Guerdat, Roger Yves Bost and Pieter Devos. 

With this photo special, we look back at the action in Bordeaux. 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Turning away from the in-gate, the purple plank at fence number seven surprised even some of the best pairs...

Henrik von Eckermann, Calizi Jumping International de Bordeaux2024-02-03© Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Showjumping ...including Sweden's Henrik Von Eckermann – current world number one – who parted ways with Calizi. "I'm relieved and thankful that Calizi and I are doing fine," von Eckermann announced on social media the day after.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Finland's Eveliina Talvio and Glamour finished the first round on eight faults.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Spain's Eduardo Alvarez Aznar and D'Orient Batilly placed 9th after a fast four faults in round one.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Ireland's Jessica Burke and Nikey HH picked up four faults in round one, finishing 8th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Austria's Katharina Rhomberg and the impressive Colestus Cambridge in action.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It's a family affair: 2012 Olympic team champion Peter walking his son Harry to the ring.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Jumping clear once again, Harry Charles and Sherlock – a pair that won the 7th leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ in A Coruna – joined the jump-off to challenge Steve Guerdat.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Another rising star, France's very own Jeanne Sadran and Dexter de Kerglenn joined the jump-off as well – much to the joy of the appreciative Bordeaux-crowds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Another family affair; Jeanne's mother Sophie Sadran looking on from the sidelines with Vincent Caumartin.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...and celebrating a clear round!

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. 24-year-old Isabella Russekoff was another young female rider to join the jump-off, aboard C Vier 2.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It's a team effort: Isabella Russekoff's groom living every jump with her.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The smile says it all: Isabella Russekoff and C Vier 2 finished 6th in the end, after four faults in the jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Pieter Devos' home-bred Casual DV Z showed great promise for the future, jumping double clear and ending 4th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Home hero Roger Yves Bost and Ballerine du Vilpion gave it their best shot in the jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. With a time of 44.39, Bosty had to settle for 5th this time around.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. First out in the jump-off, Steve Guerdat and Is-Minka stopped the clock on 40.34 – setting a standard that those to come could not match.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. "I’m so proud of my mare and my whole team and it’s a very nice day to remember," Guerdat said after his victory.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The boss of Bordeaux: Steve Guerdat with Is-Minka.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Jeanne Sadran and Dexter de Kerglenn were not going to give up without a fight though, and slotted into second with a time of 41.75.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. "I’m more proud of my horse because he’s 11 years old and still young but he is a genius for sure," Jeanne Sadran said.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. “I saw Steve and he made it look a lot easier than it was. I thought maybe I could get him but then I realised quickly after the first three jumps I don’t think I’m actually close so just try to leave the jumps up," Harry Charles said about his strategy for the jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Harry Charles' groom Georgia Ellwood and Sherlock.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Jeanne Sadran with her father Olivier.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Jeanne and Sophie Sadran with Dexter de Kerglenn.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Who run the world? Girls! Jeanne Sadran and Isabella Russekoff.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The winning team: Steve Guerdat's groom Emma Uusi-Simola and Is-Minka.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Saturday's win moved Guerdat up to 5th on the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League standings.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Guerdat thanking the incredible crowd in Bordeaux.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Only got eyes for you: Jeanne Sadran and Dexter de Kerglenn.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Merci Bordeaux!

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